The Museum will mark this bicentennial with a series of monthly programs that focus on the broad sweep of the house’s history and the people who made it. The programs will feature a variety of formats, from panel discussions to interactive tours to “eyewitness” storytelling sessions. The bicentennial programs will be held within the house itself at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. They are free to Museum members and $10 for the general public (includes museum admission). A series subscription for the year is available for $100. All proceeds go directly to the White House of the Confederacy.
JANUARY 13: Life in Pre-War Richmond
Talk featuring Gregg Kimball (Library of Virginia)
Discover what life was like in pre-war Richmond (from 1818-1860) by exploring Richmond society and politics during the time of the house’s first wealthy and influential owners.
FEBRUARY 3: Architecture of 1201 E. Clay St.
Special guided tour led by Ed Slipek
Examine the house’s construction, style, and evolution through the years on a special guided tour of the house.
Community Partners: The Valentine and Historic Richmond
MARCH 3: The Influence of High Society Women
Panel discussion featuring Christy Coleman (ACWM, moderator), Kelly Hancock, (ACWM), Elisabeth Muhlenfeld Wollan (author)
Notable women who frequented the house during the Civil War kept incredible records, influencing how future generations have viewed the war.
Community Partner: The Women's Club
APRIL 14: Seizing Freedom
Immersive tour and discussion created by Dylan Pritchett (storyteller), with special guest Dr. Lauranett Lee (University of Richmond)
Uncover stories highlighting the self-determination of the house's enslaved laborers who chose to seize their freedom during the war.
Community Partners: Richmond National Battlefield Park, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
MAY 5: Jefferson Davis’ Military Aides
Talk featuring Waite Rawls (ACWM)
Discover what the house witnessed as an executive place of work, by examining the role Davis’s military aides played in supporting and advising their Commander-in-Chief.
Community Partner: Richmond National Battlefield Park
JUNE 2: The Complex Relationships of Servitude
Immersive tour created by Dylan Pritchett (storyteller)
Explore the complicated relationships of the Civil War era through the choices of some of the enslaved and free servant staff within the Davis household.
Community Partner: The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
JULY 14: A Reconstruction Headquarters and its Commanders
Talk featuring Brigadier General Jack Mountcastle (U.S. Army, retired)
After the War – for a period longer than the life of the Confederacy itself – a series of U.S. military officers occupied the house and made it a center of Reconstruction operations in Virginia.
Community Partners: Richmond National Battlefield Park, Virginia War Memorial
AUGUST 4: From Individuals to Symbols of Memory
Panel discussion featuring John Coski (ACWM), Ruth Ann Coski (historian), and Lois Leveen (author)
Discover how Mary Elizabeth Bowser, James “Jim Limber” Brooks, and Winnie Davis -- all at one point associated with the house -- have been used as symbols to shape Civil War memory.
Community Partners: The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
SEPTEMBER 8: The Past and Present of Public Education in Richmond
Student showcase and discussion
As one of the first public schools in Richmond, discover the house’s foundational place in the history of public education in the city.
OCTOBER 6: Women Preserving Confederate Memory
Talk featuring John Coski (ACWM) and Ruth Ann Coski (historian)
Uncover the work of the women of the Confederate Memorial Literary Society, who not only saved the house from destruction, but also collected, presented, and advocated a narrative of the Confederate experience.
Community Partner: President Davis Chapter, UDC
NOVEMBER 3: From Shrine to Museum
Conversation with John Coski (ACWM, moderator) and Peter Rippe (former executive director)
How and why did the staff of the Confederate Museum in the 1960s transition the organization to a more scholarly approach? Explore their choices with the Museum’s first professional executive director.
Community Partner: VCU Department of History
DECEMBER 1: Restoring the House at 12th and Clay
Panel discussion featuring Ruth Ann Coski (historian, moderator), Patricia Loughridge (first House curator), Robin Reed (former director of Museum of the Confederacy)
Join some of the staff involved as they relive the thirteen-year process of how the Museum painstakingly researched and oversaw the restoration of the house to its wartime appearance.
Beginning in January 2018, the Museum will feature speciality "Davis and Lincoln" tours of the White House of the Confederacy on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30p.m.
Space is limited. Please call 804-649-1861 to check tour availability.